The City of Victoria is making parkade parking free Feb. 13 to keep vehicles off the streets and give snowplows room to work. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

The City of Victoria is making parkade parking free Feb. 13 to keep vehicles off the streets and give snowplows room to work. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

City makes Victoria parkades free Saturday to clear streets for plowing

City asking people to park off-street during snowstorm

The City of Victoria opted to make its five parkades free to use on Saturday (Feb. 13) in an effort to keep streets vehicle-free for snowplows to pass through.

Drivers are welcome to park at the Bastion Square, Broughton Street, Centennial Square, Johnson Street and View Street parkades, but the city asks that they avoid all on-street parking.

The city has also closed the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre and garden waste drop-off for the day.

Already Saturday morning, there was approximately 15 centimetres of snow on the ground and 10 to 15 more are expected to fall by end of day.

Victoria police and Drive BC have urged people to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel. A “major” travel advisory has been issued for Highway 1 in both directions between Duncan and Victoria where Drive BC says there is low visibility and compact snow.

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According to Environment Canada, snowfall in Victoria is expected to taper off Sunday with only 2 centimetres forecasted, which will turn to rain Sunday evening and into Monday.


 

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